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mulatto

[muh-lat-oh, -lah-toh, myoo-] /məˈlæt oʊ, -ˈlɑ toʊ, myu-/
noun, plural mulattoes, mulattos.
1.
Anthropology. (not in technical use) the offspring of one white parent and one black parent.
2.
Older Use: Often Offensive. a person who has both black and white ancestors.
adjective
3.
of a light-brown color.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Spanish mulato ‘young mule’, equivalent to mul(o) mule1 + -ato of unclear origin
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mulatto

/mjuːˈlætəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos, -toes
1.
a person having one Black and one White parent
adjective
2.
of a light brown colour
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish mulato young mule, variant of mulomule1
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Word Origin and History for mulatto
mulatto
1595, from Sp. or Port. mulato "of mixed breed," lit. "young mule," from mulo "mule," from L. mulus (fem. mula) "mule," possibly in allusion to hybrid origin of mules. Fem. mulatta is attested from 1622.
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